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Seeking workers' compensation for repetitive strain injuries

While many California workers often have to perform the same duties day in and day out, such repetitive tasks can actually cause injuries for some people. The workers' compensation program is in place to help employees in such circumstances. Depending on a particular situation, the injuries may require ongoing medical treatment or physical therapy to achieve full recovery.

Although there are various types of jobs that include potential risk for repetitive strain injuries, those who spend hours typing on computers rank high on the list. When a worker suffers this kind of injury, it can be partially or fully disabling. With regard to typing, in particular, there are several things workers can do to help lower their risk for harm.

Hand and wrist posture are reportedly key factors to avoiding repetitive strain injuries on the job. Typists are encouraged to use what is known as the "neutral" position, which bears the least amount of impact on tendons and muscles in the hands, wrists and arms. Holding the wrists too high, too low or at awkward angles increase the risk of injury.

Some workers experience back and/or neck strain, as well. This can occur in those whose jobs require sitting for long periods of time, or those who do a lot of bending, stretching and lifting. Either way, chronic back and/or neck pain is often quite serious and can be completely debilitating for long periods of time, if not permanently. If a California employee is facing challenges regarding a particular workers' compensation situation, help may be sought through experienced legal guidance.

Source: rsiprevention.com, "10 Simple RSI Prevention Tips", Accessed on Feb. 10, 2017

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